(born 7 March 1959) is a retired Italian footballer
and current coach of FC Zenit Saint Petersburg
Born in Certaldo
, Province of Florence
, Spalletti played for Serie C
teams such as Entella
Spalletti's early career in management led him to struggling Empoli
, where he led the Tuscan
side to two consecutive promotions from Serie C1 to Serie A. However, it was at Udinese
where he really began to make an impact as a manager. During the 2004–05 season, Spalletti guided Udinese to a sensational fourth-placed finish in Serie A
, exceeding expectations and securing a spot in the Champions League
Such success for a traditionally unexceptional side with limited resources attracted the attention of Roma
. The capital side had come off a disappointing season, in which four different coaches had spells in charge of the club. Spalletti was offered the task of attempting to bring order to this chaotic side.
After an uninspiring first half of the 2005–06 season, he changed the team's tactics to attacking rather than defensive, but starting playing without any real striker (with an attacking midfielder as striker). On 26 February 2006, Roma broke the Serie A
record for consecutive wins (11) with a 2–0 victory over Lazio
. However, by the end of the season, Roma failed to reach 4th place, therefore failing to qualify for the UEFA Champions League. Spalletti also took Roma into the......